The first group of WJCC Schools employees received the initial dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Friday at a clinic organized by James City County, The City of Williamsburg, and local health officials.

“I am thankful that we have this opportunity so we can try to get back to a new normal and be able to provide additional services kids need,” said School Counselor Jennifer Smith after receiving her vaccination.

Although the Peninsula Health District recently moved into phase 1B for vaccines, this clinic is not open to the general public. Currently, WJCC Schools staff are the only people receiving vaccines at this site.

“We are proud to work with city, county, and health leaders to take a monumental step forward in the fight against COVID-19. The vaccine really is a shot of hope our employees” said Dr. Olwen Herron, WJCC Schools superintendent. “The start of the vaccination process coupled the consistent use of masks, social distancing and cleaning protocols in schools, strengthen our ability to bring students back to classrooms safely.”

Many WJCC Schools Nurses volunteered for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps so they can serve as COVID-19 vaccinators. Thank you to the ten nurses vaccinating their colleagues on January 22: Julie Anderson, Karen Byrd, Stacia Guillen, Louisa Johnson, Mary Alice Lloyd, Ivonne Luchs, Mary Lou O’Halloran, Emily Olsen, Beth Vona, Beth Wells.

The school division is providing updates directly to staff about the vaccination schedule and registration process.

Click here for a look inside the COVID-19 vaccine clinic »